Switzerland isn’t a very big company, but it’s one of the most advanced. While it’s only recently gone through an economic revolution, that revolution gave birth to people like Mike Baur. Mike Baur isn’t a well-known name in the U.S., but in Switzerland, he’s a hugely successful businessman.
His foray into the business world came in the form of a job with Union Bank of Switzerland. While a lot of finance expert start out at banks, no one started out like Mike Baur. Immediately, his bosses noticed his potential and showed particular interest in him. Although they wanted more for him, he wanted something different.
His foray into entrepreneurship wouldn’t take place for more than 20 years. His job at Union Bank of Switzerland lasted him through the 90s. In fact, he worked his way up UBS’s corporate ladder until he decided to leave in 2008. He then took a high-ranking position at Clariden Leu for another six years.
Again, the employing company assumed that Baur would work there for years to come. His career thrived at Clariden as it did at UBS. Yet, in 2014, he began losing his enchantment for the banking industry. Wanting a new career entirely, he decided to follow his heart to a new passion.
His new passion grew into a selective start-up firm called Swiss Startup Factory. He researched for a while before running into a fellow Bern University graduate, Max Meister. Together, they co-founded Swiss Startup Factory; Baur quickly became the face of the company.
Swiss Startup Factory proved itself within the first year of operation. It’s the first startup company of its kind in Switzerland. While funding start-ups aren’t new, offering numerous additional services is. SSUF helps young tech entrepreneurs with specific training, industry mentoring, and free office space in the nation’s largest city.
SSUF is more than an incubator to Mike Baur. It’s a company that represents the legacy he wants to leave behind. The fact that he and Max Meister created the nation’s first independent incubator company makes him prouder than anything. SSUF thrives off of its own success.
That level of commitment is what inspires young entrepreneurs to choose SSUF over other companies. They get to see firsthand the dedication and drive that it takes to successfully run a business, especially as an entrepreneur.